Home Schooling; Pros And Cons  

People all around the globe have been locking horns on this matter from quite a time now.

Some people see homeschooling as a boon, while others believe that it is a violence of kids’ human rights.

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As per the official website of National Center of Educational Statics, alone in the United States of America, 2.5 million students are getting home-schooled.

People do what they do; there is no changing them. To help you get a grip on this topic, here are a few pros and cons of keeping your kid in homeschooling.

 

Cons 

•    Explanations

The most irritating part of the homeschooling has to be all the questions that people will dart at you. In the post-modern society, homeschooling is not received very kindly. Other may feel that any student care centre would be a better option.

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People often take homeschooling as some kind of maltreating towards children, and it is challenging to mum the mouths.

•    Keep Your Kids Upbeat

The questions will not leave your children alone too. You as an adult can handle all the questions because you know the importance of it, but kids are naïve, and the questions can leave them heartbroken more often than not.

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Kids while arguing sometimes may end up in name-calling and will call your kid a weirdo, which will be distressing too. It will be quite a task to keep the spirits of kids up.

 

•    Time Soaking

You must have heard time is money; well it is, at least in this world it is. Homeschooling is a very time soaking task.

You may have to cut short your business hours to help your child getting proper education on some issues.

And if you are doing a job, then there’s no way you will be able to spare time for your child’s homeschooling.

 

•    Financial Challenges

Homeschooling means one parent is leaving his/her job and spending all day with kids, which means cutting half of a house’s income. Today, a very few homes can run on one salary.

In addition to that, one has to pay all by oneself for textbooks and reading materials for kids, which otherwise is provided at most of the schools.

Schools which don’t provide the study material for free offers a massive discount on them though.

 

•    Lack Of Exposure For Kids

When your kid is staying at home all the time, even for the studies, it can turn out to be really hard on the child.

Many people believe that homeschooling can cause your kid to be socially awkward. The lack of exposure to society is said to be the reason behind it, which is not the case in any school or student care centre.

 

•    Weight Of Being An Excellent Teacher All The Time

You can be a super dad or mom, you might also be a freaking good orator, and nonetheless being a good teacher is an entirely different thing.

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This pressure may weigh heavily on your consciousness; you will always need to read and learn new things in order to be a great teacher.

•    There Will Be No Me Time

Kids are lovely, adorable and cute; they might as well be the sole reason why you are living, but everyone still needs a little ‘me time’.

If you are wondering why you might need to spend time alone when you have a beautiful family then you should read, psychology today’s this article.

 

Pros

•    You Will Guard Your Kids Against Bullying, Drugs and Sexual Abuse

Schools nowadays are now that safe, that it used to be. Educational institutes are now the birthplace of bullies, drug addicts and paedophiles.

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 If you think about the homeschooling this way, then you are technically protecting your children from the evils of society.

 

•    Pace of learning

Everyone knows that the schools are overcrowded; nearly every class is a bit too much for every teacher. In such scenarios, it is quite impossible for teachers to pay particular attention to all the students.

For instance think that the kid who is missing out that attention span is yours, would you still be happy to send your kid to school?

 

•    No Extra Pressure

From, bullying to peer pressure to physical pressure of travelling from home to school and vice versa, homeschooling can be a really smooth ride for kids.

Also, being at home factor too pays a child’s very well in the more extended run. A child will understandably feel more secure at home than school, thus will learn more and efficiently.

 

•    Parents will choose which sport and field their child can do better in

At times teacher makes mistakes while assigning specific tasks to students, due to more significant numbers. However, it is not the case with the parents.

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A parent knows the baby more than anyone else. Therefore it should be a parent to choose the initial study or sports career of the child, which is precisely what they do at home education.

 

•    Home Education Will Bring The Parents Close

While homeschooling can be a little time and energy consuming, it will also help you and your partner coming over any difference, if you have any.

The parents habitually behave as a team and take homeschooling as a task and a mission to prove the society wrong.

The sense of playing together for a more significant cause, i.e. a better future for your baby, will bring the parents close to each other, making the house environment better.

 

Ending Note 

Now that you have read about all the positives and negatives of homeschooling you can decide yourself what you want for your kid.

Homeschooling is not a new concept it has been there since ever, but the current society believes, the conventional schooling system is the only hope for a better future.

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Countries like, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, Peru, India, Austria etc. have legalised the homeschooling.

On the other hand countries like Germany, Greece and Denmark are still considering the homeschooling illegal.

Should AI Robots Replace Teachers At Schools?

With the introduction of artificial intelligence or AI, the whole world is asking the same question in a different manner. “Should humans be replaced by AI robots?”

Many are actually seeing this happening in near future where others are still freaking out at Facebook AI robots incident.

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Facebook had to shut down an experiment when two bots developed their own language and started talking to each other.

While some people and scientists are still iffy on the subject, people are all set to welcome AI at schools.

So now we have a new debate in our hands, should teachers be replaced by AI robots or not? Let’s discuss the positives first.

 

Positives/ Should

•    Bots Are Way More Efficient Than Humans

This is sort of given; robots will always be much more proficient than an average human teacher could ever be. On the one hand, we have a human teacher who when and if pays attention to specific students could be labelled biased.

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We can expect from robots that they could pay extra attention to those weak students who need it the most and no will bat an eye.

•    Better Analysis Than Humans

There is no argument against it if loaded by perfectly good working software; there is no match in analytics of robots.

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Where going with the idiom “to err, is to human”, humans are anticipated to make mistakes and when it is a matter of our children’s future, should we be taking chances?

Robots can make learning fun by analysing student response to various topics and styles and developing new techniques on the basis of results.

 

•    It Can Take The Extra Burden Off Teachers’ Shoulder

More often than not, teachers complain about being overburdened due to a large number of students in one class. That day can be predicted even today when robots will teach an entire class alone. However, what can be expected is, bots playing as wingmen of teachers in the classroom.

Whether it is a nature’s call or an emergency call or checking tests, AI robots would help the teacher out in any of the classroom chores. This extra help will provide teachers with a much-needed sigh of relief and tutors could be able to pay extra attention to students.

As per a study conducted by IEEE, many teachers were surprised by the how much helpful AI Robots can prove to be in the classrooms.

 

•    Robots Can Do Clerical Chores Quicker And Better

When a person adopts teaching, the person knows that s/he is expected to do the cleric errands of the organisation too. Robots can not only take over these nominal tasks but will do them with higher accuracy and quicker than an average human.

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It will cut the educator a slack and educator will be able to concentrate on the job, s/he was hired for, teaching!

 

•    Better Results 

When education will be based on pure numbers and analysis, the results will surely get better. The teacher will be able to plan ahead for each student, their strengths, weakness and their field of interest.

 

Negatives/ Shouldn’t 

•    No Job Will Be Safe

So, by being practical, for instance just assume, we have replaced all the teachers from elementary and other schools, what’s next? Whose job is safe then? Plus, what will happen to all those unemployed teachers?

As reported by International Labour Organization (ILO), in the year 2018, world unemployment rate is set to fall by 1% after seeing a rise in previous three years.

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Are we willing to let this growth slip once again, by replacing human teachers with AI robots?

 

•    In What World Robots Will Be Mentors?

Teachers’ job is not limited just to the teaching. A teacher’s job is also playing a mentor’s role in students’ life.

Teachers share an informal, sacred bond with their students, where they help their pupils in releasing psychological pressure, by talking to them, time to time. The emotional support providing by a teacher will ever not be replaced by a programmed machine.

How we will expect a robot to handle a child who is being bullied as well as the child who is bullying the child? The emotional comfort will be ripped off the students.

We have a whole blog written on the subject of bullying if you are interesting, read it here.

 

•    It Will Be Pushing Our Children Too Deep Into Virtual World

We are already surrounded by a black hole of virtual world which is sucking the real life out of our society, atom by atom.

If we will replace our teachers with the robots too, the future no doubt will be bright, it will only be virtual not a real one.

We have virtual societies, virtual money, virtual pets and now virtual lives; can we afford to have virtual children too?

 

•    One Malfunction And Results Will Be Devastating

It is now a fact that children’s mind are like sponge, they absorb very quickly. When we are replacing teachers with artificial intelligence loaded robots, we are exposing our children to machines, which can make major blunders, just because of one little bug in the system.

Any terrorist organization or anti-social group can hack these machines and can load as much nonsense in their minds as they can, should be play a hand that big?

 

•    Handling A Classroom

Yes, robots will be a huge success in teaching certain lessons, but how will they cope up when a five year old Susanne will start crying in middle of the class, because she thinks her hands are too small? How the robots will handle a physical fit between a Ronnie and a Ronald over a cupcake?

Scientists can program all they want but running a class is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is funny that even many humans are not able to handle the pressure of a classroom as per figures released by the Government of England, one third of teachers leave their jobs within five years of qualifying for it.

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Bottom Line

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Truth is, technology is bliss and can be used to increase the student safety in schools for now. However, replacing teachers with robots will not be in the picture for next fifty years.

How to Educate Students on Moral Values

Moral values are important in a person’s life to live a good life. The rising violence, juvenile crime, and pregnancy in adolescent masses are a direct result of lack of moral value in students. Children are the parent’s greatest assets and the future of a nation. Teaching good moral values is necessary to develop the right qualities and habits in children.

It is the responsibility of parents, teachers and student care centers to teach the students good moral values in addition to good education. Teaching good moral values to children at a young age will make them better citizens and can help reduce the crime to a much extent. Check out how we can teach good moral values to students at an early age.

 

Be a role model for your children

Children learn from elders, and they learn in the ways how you treat others. Whatever you do in front of our children they learn the same things from us. They observe how to handle different situations and what you do in order to handle them.

If you want to teach the qualities of self-respect, honesty, and compassion to your children, then you must have these qualities in yourself. Moreover, what you teach them should match your own actions and activities. For example, if you ask them to be honest and you tell a lie in front of them, they will not be able to learn honesty.

 

Create a caring environment

 

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The development of character begins with a caring relationship. The relationship of a child with parents at home, and with teachers at school has a significant effect on what moral values he or she will learn.

Any child who receives good care form parents and teachers will likely care for others and become a good citizen. Creating an environment of love and care will help the students to learn about caring for others. A caring environment will help in the development of social bonding among students. This will also help the students feel safe in schools.

 

Share personal experiences

We all have some past experiences which taught us valuable lessons in life. Parents should share their personal experiences with their children so that children could also learn from them. You should share those experiences with children in which you made decisions consistent with good moral values.

Sharing personal experiences will help your children to learn the moral values associated with those experiences. Also, tell the stories where you made some bad decisions and which made you learn some lessons.

 

Teach them to be accountable for mistakes

 

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Students make mistakes in various stages of their life. Some children disobey the school rules, some disobey the traffic rules, some perform poorly in studies, and some break the neighbor’s window while playing with a ball. Moreover, children tell lies and often don’t accept their mistakes. Teach your students and children to accept their mistakes and feel sorry. When they accept the mistakes, they learn not to repeat them again and know the difference between right and wrong. Most of the students who learn to be accountable for their mistakes do not repeat them again.

 

Encourage them to help others

 

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You should teach your children to help others whenever possible. If you are a teacher or student care center worker, you should teach your students to help others.

Getting engaged in the activities of helping others will develop the qualities of kindness and compassion in students. Teachers should offer their students to perform the activities like creating get well cards for the sick people and helping the disable.

Parents can teach their children to open the door for a lady pushing a stroller, offering a seat to the old, and similar activities. Making the children engage in such activities help them to develop the qualities of kindness, generosity, respect, and compassion.

 

Monitor the television use

 

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Students learn a lot of things from movies and TV shows. Television is a huge source of exposure to violence, crime news, and other negative things. We all should take care of what our children are watching on television and make sure that they watch only the shows that teach good moral values.

It is the responsibility of parents to lock all the channels showing movies and TV shows related to crime, sex, and violence that may affect the children negatively. If possible don’t subscribe to such channels as it is not possible to monitor your children all the time.

 

Monitor the Internet use

The Internet is another source of information for children and students. They can easily access any kind of information on the internet. Even the restricted websites that are meant for adults can be easily accessed by the adolescents.

It is necessary for students to use the internet for homework, learning the lessons and completing the projects. However, teachers and parents should monitor the usage of internet so that they don’t access the restricted websites and negative information. Limiting the use of internet helps you prevent your children from learning the wrong values.

 

Use everyday experiences for teaching

Every day some situations appear which offers us an opportunity to teach our children some values. Teachers and parents can use such situations to teach the children about what is right and what is wrong. Knowing what is right will encourage them to do the right things and develop a positive attitude.

We hear the news, most of which consists of negative happenings around the country. Moreover, there are some incidents and events in the neighborhood of schools and homes. We can choose any of them to teach the children about good moral values.

 

Final thoughts

Moral values are important for shaping the future of children. Students who learn good moral values at a young age are more likely to become good parents and good citizens. So it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to teach our children good moral values so that they can learn and pass on the same values to the next generation. Teaching moral values in homes, schools, and student care centers will create honest, patriotic, faithful and loving human beings.

Pros and Cons of Uniform in Schools

The school uniform is an extremely controversial topic that has undergone a lot of debate in the past. Earlier the students were much ready to wear the uniforms in school, but with the change in time, there are multiple views about why should they wear or not wear the uniform.

There are various views in support of uniform while there are also views against the school uniforms. Let us check out the pros and cons of the uniforms for school students.

 

Pros of uniform in schools

Sense of equality

 

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Students in the schools having a uniform policy experience a sense of equality as all of them are required to wear it. There are no differences and fewer chances of inequality. Wearing uniform helps the students to learn in an environment of equality and see everyone equally.

 

No Gang Problems 

Some schools find it beneficial as it prevents the possibility of problems that could arise from the gang situations. Some schools ask the students to wear a specific color for the group to show the level of involvement of the student in various gang activities. The school managements think that the same uniform for all the students will reduce the possibility of any such events.

 

No need to decide what to wear

Students don’t need to decide in the morning that what clothes they should wear for the school. They already know that they need to wear the uniform every day.  So they take less time to wear the uniform and getting ready for the school. This saves the morning time of students as well as parents.

 

Productive learning environment

 

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Wearing a uniform reduces the chances of distraction, and the students can focus on their studies and assigned tasks. Students do not think to compete regarding the latest fashion trends which lead to better concentration in studies and extracurricular activities. The better focus on studies leads to better productivity and learning.

 

More self-confidence

Wearing uniform in the school not only increases the productivity and learning but also increases the self-confidence of students. It also prepares the students for the jobs where they would need to follow the dress codes.

 

Fewer discipline issues

Students who wear school uniform, show a great respect for order and authority which lead to the handling of conflicts easily. This means that uniform helps to maintain discipline in schools and student care centres.

 

Enhanced student safety

When the students of a school wear the uniform, they are easily identified by the teachers and school authorities.  Moreover, it is easy to identify the non-students and strangers which in turn increase the student safety in schools.

 

Sense of community

The sports teams have a great sense of pride because of the uniform they wear. The same applies to the school students. When they go for interschool tournaments, they feel the same sense of pride belonging to the school community.

 

Reduces the theft and bullying

Wearing a uniform helps reduce the peer pressure and social snobbery in schools and student care centres. It also helps to control the incidents of theft and bullying. As all the students in a school have the same dress and shoes, there are no chances of theft. Also, it controls the incidents of bullying that could arise because of the difference in non-uniform clothes.

 

Save money

 

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The school uniforms also eliminate the need of buying multiple pairs of casual clothes that are usually expensive than the school uniform. This saves a lot of money over the years till the children study in school. Moreover, the branded clothes are much expensive than the school uniform.

 

Cons of uniform in schools

Despite the various benefits of uniform in the schools, there are several disadvantages of the school uniform.

 

Reduced individuality

In the schools where the uniform is mandatory, students are told to think and act like a group. They are not allowed to express themselves as an individual. The strict uniform policy restricts them to express themselves individually through fashion clothes.

 

Students can still express themselves

 

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Some students always find a way to rebel against the rules. They look for any gaps or loopholes in the codes and regulations that govern the school uniform to exploit them. Students wear expensive jewellery, designer shoes, and style their hair in a way to express themselves individually. School is a large community and students always find a way to express their style statement which is difficult to stop.

 

Schools change the uniform every year

Schools have tie-ups with the uniform seller stores, and they have commissions in the sale of every piece of uniform. Therefore, some schools make changes in the uniform every year to promote the sales of their partner seller stores to earn a huge commission. Parents are bound to buy a new uniform for their children every year. This is not possible in case of schools not having a uniform policy.

 

Uniforms cannot stop bullying

 

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Students in schools with uniform policy also experience bullying. The students know the differences rich and poor, intelligent and non-productive. Such differences are enough to create a sense of non-equality among the students which leads to incidents of bullying. It is better to teach the students how to stop bullying instead of following a uniform policy.

 

Creating consistent rules is difficult

It is almost impossible to create and apply the consistent rules by the school administrators. Uniform may get stained with dirt, mud or grass when students play games during the recess time, which could be against the uniform regulations. Moreover, some schools don’t allow the display of brand logos to create more uniformity and equality among students. But it is not possible for every brand as some brands have their logos painted on the clothing.

 

Final thoughts

School uniforms have their pros and cons that need to be considered by the schools while framing a uniform policy. Although school uniform is still a topic of debate among the students, parents, school authorities and educationists, however, the benefits are more than the disadvantages.

Why Introducing Yoga Classes in Schools is a Good Idea?

The children deal with a lot of stress and study load in their student life. They need to study, work hard and performing extracurricular activities due to which they deal with stress and overstimulation. Students are challenged to do more in less time and also face distractions and peer pressure.

Yoga is one of the best and effective tools for stress management and better performance in every area of life. It is a low-cost tool to have a positive effect on students’ life. Here are some of the reasons due to which introducing yoga classes in schools can be a great idea.

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Improves Academic Performance

Stress and lack of concentration is the main reason for poor academic performance among school students. Introducing the yoga classes in schools helps in better concentration and stress management. Students concentrate better on their studies, and when they are stress-free, they score better grades in the exams. Yoga improves academic performance which also boosts the confidence levels in children.

 

Awareness and Concentration

 

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Yoga involves practicing of deep breathing techniques which improve concentration and creates awareness in the body. It creates a strong connection between what children learn and what they do. Students who are aware of their mind and body perform better in any activity, whether it is the studies of extracurricular activities. Moreover, the practice of breathing techniques enhances the concentration levels in students, which help them to focus better on studies.

 

Stress Buster

Most people are already aware of the fact that yoga helps in dealing better with stress. As stress is the major cause of all the problems in our life, it also affects the students in many ways. If you are a teacher, you should help your students deal with stress by encouraging them to practice yoga. Teachers working in a student care center should spread awareness about the benefits of yoga and encourage children to practice yoga on a regular basis.

 

Physical Health

Yoga has a lot of benefits for mental and physical health. Yoga and meditation balance the chemicals in the body and makes it strong by strengthening the tissues and internal organs. It strengthens the bones, muscles and enhances flexibility thereby improving the bodily movements. Students in perfect health are able to concentrate better on any activity and achieve good results.

 

Positive Mindset

Yoga and meditation help the students to lead a more positive life. By practicing yoga and meditation daily in schools or student care centers, they feel more positive due to improvement in their performance. Positive feelings lead to positive thoughts, positive actions, and positive results. Research shows that yoga has a positive effect on human thoughts and actions.

 

Final Words

With a plethora of benefits of yoga, introducing it in schools and student care centers is a great idea.  Introducing yoga classes offer students an opportunity to practice it on a regular basis.  Yoga not only helps in better academic performance but also helps them communicate better and create good relationships with others.

How to Help Students Develop a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is essential for creating a positive life. Students are vulnerable to negative thinking as they are easily affected by the negative conditions and circumstances. Teachers and student care centers play an important role in the development of positive attitude in the students.

Teaching the students to develop a positive attitude early in life helps them in thinking positive and manage their responsibilities in better ways. It is the responsibility of parents and teachers to teach students to think positive and help them develop a positive attitude.

Here are the ways you can use to help students develop a positive attitude in life.

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Being Positive is a choice

Always teach your children the being positive or negative is a choice. Encourage them to be positive in all circumstances. Students have their problems and some students hide them. You need to teach them that every problem has a solution and encourage them to share their problems with their teachers or parents.

 

Be an example of positive attitude

Students learn from parents, elders, and teachers. If you are a teacher, you need to create an environment of positivity around your students. You need to show your positive attitude in whatever you say, believe and do. Students see and copy what elders do in front of them. When you handle the situations positively in front of them, they will learn how to solve the problems.

 

Create a positive environment in the school

 

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You should try to create a positive environment in the classes and school. Tell them funny stories and make them laugh. Also, teach them that how positive thinking and feeling good shifts their brain chemistry and attract good things in life. You should write positive quotes on the board and charts in classrooms, but writing is not enough. You need to explain them the meaning of the quotes and tell them how they can apply them in their lives.

 

Help them visualize positive outcomes

Teach your students how to visualize a positive outcome for every scenario. Help them set small goals and teach them to visualize positive outcomes for them. Tell them how to see the success clearly before taking the first step. Teach them why visualization is important and how to practice it for achieving their goals. This helps the student to work towards their goals in the right way and understand the importance of positive thinking.

 

Change the thinking patterns of students

Students think positive and negative about themselves in life. You need to change their negative patterns into positive. When students say, they can’t do it, or they can’t study better, you should tell them that they are experiencing negative results due to their negative thoughts. You need to teach them how to change their thinking patterns and replace them with positive thoughts to achieve their goals and do the things that seem impossible.

 

Reward them for positivity

Reward your students when they perform better and do anything positive. You should set the rewards for students who achieve positive results. Also, reward the students who try their best even if they do not achieve their goals. This will encourage them to remain positive and continue to work towards their goal. Creating a positive environment and encouraging students to develop positive attitude is the best a student care center can do for them.

Co-Curricular Activities Can Help Students In Getting Better Grades

Some people have always been supporting the school of thought which says “co-curricular activities are wastage of time,” since long. Even some of the teachers are of the same view too.

But recently, people are encouraging teachers too, to take part in co-curricular activities along with students.

The less fortunate students, who come from economically unstable families, prefer co-curricular activities, more to learn extra things at school.

The teachers by participating in such activities can help these students in learning something new without paying extra money.

Let’s discuss how co-curricular activities can help students in getting better grades?

 

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Very often than not students of different grades work together in co-curricular activities, which improves their PR skills.

Public relations mean your ability to make connections. Students need PR (Public Relations) more than anyone.

Stronger bonds with seniors mean they can learn a thing or two from them, and with juniors, means they get a chance to teach.

Learning is a common point of both commitments, which will reflect on the grades of students.

 

The Smart Work

Some Co-curricular tasks teach kids, how to be organized, which is always a big help in studies. Working hard sometimes can take a while to show results, so work smart is the new slogan.

Co-curricular activities teach a child on how to work smart, how to manage time while studying. It also prepares the student, how to keep a balance between physical activities and education.

 

Teaching A Second Language 

Some schools provide extra language classes after the usual school timings. Now it is a known fact that learning a second language is total bliss.

It will not only open the doors of a whole new world of literature to the student, but it is also a plus in resume.

The employers like to have people in their companies who can offer something special and unique.

 

Helping In Admissions

Schools now are taking the co-curricular activities seriously than ever before. The admissions are now based 90 percent on academic performance 10 percent on the co-curricular activities.

So, the students who are excusing the extra activities from schools so that they can concentrate on academics must take note.

 

More time with the teacher

When a student signs up for a co-curricular, it means s/he gets to spend more time with the teacher.

It is also crucial for the teachers, it is an effective way of repairing a broken relationship with students.

More time with teacher means you can approach your teacher for any academic problem even after the school.

During the extra activities, students get chance to stronger the bond with their teachers too, which is always a bonus.

 

Epilogue

So, these are advantages students who choose co-curricular activities have over the others students.

One must not mix co-curricular activities with extracurricular activities. Co-curricular activities are activities related to the academics, where extracurricular activities are leaning on more of the fun side.

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Let the students be independent learners. Students are learning a lot of things what others are learning too; hence, these activities will give them a leading edge.

Tips To Encourage Students To Become Independent Learners

It’s about time that the world should start producing more independent learners.

The whole idea irrupts from the fact that we have been spending so much time in telling children what to learn instead of how to learn.

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Spending few days hiding behind the books may help children in scoring higher grades, although it won’t help them, learn anything.

The earth needs people who can think independently, we need new thinkers in this world, and only an independent learner can be an independent thinker.

Students spend a considerable amount of their time in student care centers. So, a teacher has the best hopes for influencing a student, to be an independent learner.

Let’s see how?

 

Accept Different Answers

There are always many answers to a single question, matter of fact there are always multiple right answers to a single question.

As a teacher, your task is to encourage learning by any means. So, let the students feel free to speak their mind, correct when they are wrong, not when their answer is not the one in the book.

 

Allow your students choices

Let them have some options, let them learn how they want to learn, not how you want to teach them.

Try various teaching techniques in your classroom and ask your students which one they liked the best.

When kids enjoy, they learn fast; you can read our blog on what latest gadgets you can use in classrooms that can make learning fun.

 

Lesser Tests

When you give a bunch of students a test, they read to get higher marks. They store the information without knowing what and how to use.

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Tests are the reason, our students’ ability to remember things, is being tested instead of their ability to learn things.

If you must take the test, then try grading the students by the effort they have put in. Give grace marks for extra information.

 

Encourage Them To Read

To learn something one must read. It is tough for students to read other books, in addition to their regular books.

But there are no shortcuts to success.

Our blog on how to develop reading habits in children may help you in this task.

 

Arrange group discussion 

Group discussions are a great way of learning something new from fellow students. GD or group discussions are best to enhance students learning habits.

In group discussions, students will not learn new things, but they will also learn to cope up with different opinions. Unity in diversity is a basic concept students must learn.

 

Epilogue

These are not hard and fast rules; you can develop your own ideas to help a student be a free thinker and independent learner too.

Encourage students to ask as many questions as they want in the student care center and the classes.

The only thing to take note of here is to try not to push too much. A student should not think you are taking over her/his life.

Teachers are the shaper of the future; let’s shape a better one!

How to Encourage Neat Handwriting Among Students

There is no doubt that handwriting style varies from student to student. But, when it comes to elementary-age students, handwriting can be a challenge for few students. Some kids do not care how they write as they just want to complete the assignment, while others exhibit some extraordinary handwriting.

So, you are a teacher and want to improve the handwriting of your students. Well, it is certainly not a cinch as it demands much patience but the quality of your students’ writing can undoubtedly be improved with practice. Here are some sure-fire ways that will help as well as encourage neat handwriting among students.

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Help in learning to develop proper pencil grip 

The main thing you must do is to make sure the student is grasping the pencil correctly. For that, you need to teach the students to hold the pencil firmly. It should be held with the index finger and thumb, with the middle finger supporting it. Ask students not to grasp the pencil tightly. Well, pencil grips that are available in the stationary shops can also be used to develop better grip.

 

Ask them to write with the right pace

As you would be dealing with the bunch of kids in your classroom or student care center and each student has their own speed. Teach students not to rush but to set a timeline and speed as some take a long time to complete their writing. Remember that slow students will soon lose interest in writing if you rush them. You would surely do not want this to happen. So, keep patient with everyone especially with those who prefer to write slowly.

 

Getting the proportions right

Students need to be taught that how capital letter differs from the small letters. No doubt, getting the proportions wrong is the root cause of bad handwriting. You can help them in adopting the correct formation of the letters. Ask your students to use a four-line notebook for practicing writing, and it will bring wonders to their handwriting.

 

Make writing fun

It is a bit difficult for kids to copy and paste the words. Try to make the practicing fun, and you can engage your students in some interesting writing activities or games such as word puzzles, connecting the dots, hangman, etc. and can give them an assignment that they can do peacefully as well as excitingly at home. This tactic will not only lend a hand in enhancing their handwriting but will also help you in making your students to love homework.

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Do not pressurize

Pressuring is one of the worst things teacher should never do in the class. Remember that patience is the ultimate key to success. It is also vital to remain calm while helping your students enhance their handwriting. Also, make sure to give your students enough breaks as insisting or rushing them will not bring real results.

 

Key Point 1:

Give a sample writing assignment at the beginning of the class as they will be fresh in the morning and would enthusiastically write an assignment.

Key Point 2:

Try to make it a competition and give a reward to the top three. This will give your students a boost and will inspire others to endeavor for writing good.

 

10 Ways to Make Students Feel Safe in Schools

Student security is a complex problem that needs the utmost attention of the school officials, coordinators, and student care centres. School students feel very insecure because of multiple incidents of child abuse and harassment that took place over the past few years.

There are some ways every school and student care centre should follow to make students feel safe and secure in the schools.

 

Create a Zero Tolerance Bullying Policy

Every school should have a zero-tolerance bullying policy that prohibits the activities of bullying against students. The policy should also define the actions to be taken against any person found involved in such activities. Bullying is bad and it is much dangerous when it occurs at a place like a school bus where it is not possible for the victim to walk away. That’s why teachers should teach students how to deal with bullying.

 

Monitor Bullying Hotspots

 

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Schools need to make sure that students interact safely and monitor bullying hotspots inside and near the premises. There is a higher risk of bullying in settings where there is nobody to monitor or supervise, such as bathrooms, cafeteria, and playground. So it is important to ensure student safety in all such areas.

 

Install CCTV Cameras in all Areas

Cameras should be installed in all the areas of the school to monitor the activities from a single control room. Even the areas such as indoor stadiums, swimming pool, cafeteria, and playground should be covered with CCTV cameras.

 

GPS devices in School Buses

All the school buses should be equipped with GPS devices so that their location can be tracked anytime. A security guard should go with every school bus to take care of student safety and security while coming to school and back to home.

 

Create a Supportive Environment

Schools and student care centers should take the help of the entire staff, not just teachers to create a supportive environment in and around the premises. All the teaching and non-teaching staff, including administrative, housekeeping and bus staff should be asked to take care of student safety and check the harassment activities inside and outside the school.

 

Conduct Emergency Drills

  

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Schools should conduct emergency drills to teach the students, how to handle the emergency situations like fire, earthquake, tornado, and lockdown. Emergency drills prepare the students to keep calm and remain safe in such situations. This will also teach the students, how to escape from an emergency situation.

 

Arrange Class Meetings

Classroom meetings can be organized to discuss students’ non-academic issues. Students feeling unsafe or feeling any sort of problems should be allowed to discuss it in the classroom meetings. Organizing classroom meetings help identify and address the students’ problems as soon as possible.

 

Encourage Reporting

Many bullying incidents are not reported by the victims due to fear. Every student care centre should encourage students to report every incident of bullying and harassment. Schools should create safe and confidential reporting procedure so that students feel safe to report every such incident.

 

Connect with Teachers

 

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This is the most important step towards student safety in schools. Every student should be connected to a responsible and caring teacher to whom they can contact anytime for help. This would ensure that each student feels safe in the school as he or she has a caring teacher to contact anytime.

 

Resources

Schools should teach all the students about the resources to which they should contact and report the incidents of harassment. Make sure that each and every student knows about where to go for help and support in cases of teasing or harassment.

 

Final words

If every school and student care centre takes care of the above given points and encourages every staff member to take the responsibility of student safety, we can ensure that all children would feel safe and secure in schools.